The President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to form a new cabinet amid ongoing protests. The number of ministers in the cabinet would be small to ensure smooth functioning.
The swearing of the ministers in the cabinet is expected to be held today. “New cabinet is to be sworn in today. President and PM (Mahinda Rajapaksa) to continue. Some new and young faces will be taken in as Cabinet ministers,” a present MP told ANI.
The full cabinet of ministers resigned in the first week of April due to anti-government protests. Sri Lanka is going from a phase where its foreign exchange reserves have fallen short due to which its capacity to import food and fuel has been greatly affected. This resulted in igniting an anti-government outlook among the citizens.
Sri Lank had received help from its neighbouring country India in form of food & oil supplies. The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has further affected the Sri Lankan economy & the country is currently in debt of $45 million.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the citizens to remain calm to help the government in taking decisions.